PeerGalaxy Calendar

Welcome to PeerGalaxy Calendar featuring offerings of telephone + online peer support + wellness activities! 

WE ARE PEER FOR YOU!

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How Events are Sorted:

First, at the top of the list: Disaster Hotline & Oregon Safe + Strong Helpline.

Next in the list: Bundled “All Day” Events for organizations with events happening at multiple times throughout the day and/or in many formats or locations; these are bundled into a single listing to prevent endless scrolling.  Usually these offer a lookup by zip code or other criteria. 

Lastly, Time-Specific Events listed by start time from 12:01am early morning to 11:59pm late night.  Warmlines and places east of Oregon’s time zone tend to start earlier (e.g. 4am in Oregon is 7am in New York).

Jan
19
Tue
CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 19 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

Gender Spectrum – Online Virtual Groups for Parents and Teens – Weekdays @ Online via Zoom
Jan 19 all-day

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Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  Gender Spectrum offers over 25 online groups for parents and teens.

In the Gender Spectrum Lounge you can find the list of groups to explore or sign up for.  There is a great variety of topics featured.

https://lounge.genderspectrum.org/groups/

Registration required.  See group description for contact information details.

Additional online groups, webinars, recordings, and events online including resources related to the pandemic at:

https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/blog-covid-resources

Additional resources specific for schools and professionals, too.

Website:

https://www.genderspectrum.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GenderSpectrum/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/genderspectrum

 

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 19 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

Jan
20
Wed
CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 20 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

Gender Spectrum – Online Virtual Groups for Parents and Teens – Weekdays @ Online via Zoom
Jan 20 all-day

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Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  Gender Spectrum offers over 25 online groups for parents and teens.

In the Gender Spectrum Lounge you can find the list of groups to explore or sign up for.  There is a great variety of topics featured.

https://lounge.genderspectrum.org/groups/

Registration required.  See group description for contact information details.

Additional online groups, webinars, recordings, and events online including resources related to the pandemic at:

https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/blog-covid-resources

Additional resources specific for schools and professionals, too.

Website:

https://www.genderspectrum.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GenderSpectrum/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/genderspectrum

 

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 20 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

Telephone Family + Caregivers Support – AARP – American Association of Retired Persons – Weekdays 4am-8pm @ Phone
Jan 20 @ 4:00 am – 8:00 pm

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AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line

AARP has a dedicated, toll-free family caregiving line for people taking care of a loved one.  Agents can’t provide specific advice to callers, but they can suggest resources on a variety of caregiving topics.

Along with comprehensive coverage of issues affecting caregivers, AARP offers free care guides, legal checklists, information on care options and an online community that supports all types of family caregivers. You can also call our caregiver support line for one-on-one help.

Agents are Available on Weekdays, Monday-Friday from 4am-8pm PST / 7am-11pm EST

English: 1-877-333-5885

En Español / Spanish: 1-888-971-2013

NEW: CONNECTIONS WEBSITE

https://aarpcommunityconnections.org

NEW: MUTUAL AID GROUPS – Informal groups of volunteers that band together to find effective ways to support those people most in need who live in their local community. Mutual aid can include picking up groceries, providing financial assistance, or lending emotional support to your neighbors.  Visit https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/find-group/

Q: How can I find support groups for family caregivers?  EnglishEn Español / Spanish.

A: Here are some resources

Finding the Right Support Group – Read this First.  An excellent article about the types of support groups available.  https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/life-balance/info-2017/support-groups.html.

Benefits of support groups may include but not be limited to: a safe place for sharing, venting, validating, comparing, uniting, advocating, finding social connection, and building community.

Caregiving.com – Caring for you as you care for family.  Online calendar of virtual support events: https://www.caregiving.com/calendar/

Community Resource Locator – an online database from AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides easy access to a variety of local programs, resources and services.  https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/

Family Care Navigator – the Family Caregiver Alliance’s tool that helps locate state-by-state assistance for family caregivers.  800-445-8106.  https://www.caregiver.org/family-care-navigator

The Eldercare Locator – a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families such as respite care, insurance counseling, transportation and other services for older Americans and family members.  They can also be reached at 1-800-677-1116.  https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx

AARP Caregiving Community Forum – an online discussion and support forum on all topics related to caregiving.  https://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/Welcome-to-the-AARP-Caregiving-Community/m-p/1786782#M3126

Caregiver Action Network – Information, educational materials and support for family caregivers. Toll Free phone number: 855-CARE-640

National Alliance for Caregiving – a coalition of national organizations focused on family caregiving issues. The alliance conducts policy analysis and tracks legislation and initiatives that affect caregivers and care recipients.  Phone: 202-918-1013.  https://www.caregiving.org

National Institute on Aging – an arm of the National Institutes of Health, NIA offers extensive online information on common age-related health problems, including a section on caregiving for people with serious health issues..  800-222-2225. https://www.nia.nih.gov/

Well Spouse Association – provides support for spousal caregivers, including a national network of support groups and an online chat forum. 800-838-0879. https://wellspouse.org/

VA (Veterans Administration) National Caregiver Support Line (CSL) – serves as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans, and others seeking caregiver information. VA’s Caregiver Support Line has licensed caring professionals standing by.  The National Caregiver Support Line, at 1-855-260-3274, is open weekdays, Monday through Friday from 5am to 5pm PST.  https://www.caregiver.va.gov/help_landing.asp

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving – Education, Research, Advocacy and more. http://www.rosalynncarter.org/

Alzheimer’s Association – Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24-hour helpline every day and offers care navigator tools. 800-272-3900.  http://www.alz.org/

Alzheimers.gov – a federal government website focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, research and support, including resources for caregivers. 800-438-4380. https://www.alzheimers.gov

Memory Cafe Directory – lists more than 700 memory cafés offered in hospitals, libraries, senior centers and other facilities to help people with dementia and other cognitive issues, as well as their caregivers, combat social isolation and connect with others in similar situations. https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/

AARP care guides – FREE, in-depth information and advice on starting vital conversations with older family members, organizing important documents, assessing your loved one’s needs and finding key resources.

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families. Prepare to Care is also available in Spanish- and Chinese-language versions and editions tailored for Asian American and LGBT families.   https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2018/02/prepare-to-care-guide-english-aarp.pdf

Military Caregiving Guide: For Veterans, Service Members and Their Families – A road map to meeting the unique challenges of caring for a wounded, ill or aging veteran or service member. AARP has also produced a tool kit for employers to help them accommodate and assist military caregivers in balancing workplace and caregiving responsibilities.  https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2019/05/military-caregiving-guide-aarp.pdf

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am

 

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Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

Jan
21
Thu
CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 21 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

Gender Spectrum – Online Virtual Groups for Parents and Teens – Weekdays @ Online via Zoom
Jan 21 all-day

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Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  Gender Spectrum offers over 25 online groups for parents and teens.

In the Gender Spectrum Lounge you can find the list of groups to explore or sign up for.  There is a great variety of topics featured.

https://lounge.genderspectrum.org/groups/

Registration required.  See group description for contact information details.

Additional online groups, webinars, recordings, and events online including resources related to the pandemic at:

https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/blog-covid-resources

Additional resources specific for schools and professionals, too.

Website:

https://www.genderspectrum.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GenderSpectrum/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/genderspectrum

 

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 21 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

Telephone Family + Caregivers Support – AARP – American Association of Retired Persons – Weekdays 4am-8pm @ Phone
Jan 21 @ 4:00 am – 8:00 pm

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AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line

AARP has a dedicated, toll-free family caregiving line for people taking care of a loved one.  Agents can’t provide specific advice to callers, but they can suggest resources on a variety of caregiving topics.

Along with comprehensive coverage of issues affecting caregivers, AARP offers free care guides, legal checklists, information on care options and an online community that supports all types of family caregivers. You can also call our caregiver support line for one-on-one help.

Agents are Available on Weekdays, Monday-Friday from 4am-8pm PST / 7am-11pm EST

English: 1-877-333-5885

En Español / Spanish: 1-888-971-2013

NEW: CONNECTIONS WEBSITE

https://aarpcommunityconnections.org

NEW: MUTUAL AID GROUPS – Informal groups of volunteers that band together to find effective ways to support those people most in need who live in their local community. Mutual aid can include picking up groceries, providing financial assistance, or lending emotional support to your neighbors.  Visit https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/find-group/

Q: How can I find support groups for family caregivers?  EnglishEn Español / Spanish.

A: Here are some resources

Finding the Right Support Group – Read this First.  An excellent article about the types of support groups available.  https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/life-balance/info-2017/support-groups.html.

Benefits of support groups may include but not be limited to: a safe place for sharing, venting, validating, comparing, uniting, advocating, finding social connection, and building community.

Caregiving.com – Caring for you as you care for family.  Online calendar of virtual support events: https://www.caregiving.com/calendar/

Community Resource Locator – an online database from AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides easy access to a variety of local programs, resources and services.  https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/

Family Care Navigator – the Family Caregiver Alliance’s tool that helps locate state-by-state assistance for family caregivers.  800-445-8106.  https://www.caregiver.org/family-care-navigator

The Eldercare Locator – a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families such as respite care, insurance counseling, transportation and other services for older Americans and family members.  They can also be reached at 1-800-677-1116.  https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx

AARP Caregiving Community Forum – an online discussion and support forum on all topics related to caregiving.  https://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/Welcome-to-the-AARP-Caregiving-Community/m-p/1786782#M3126

Caregiver Action Network – Information, educational materials and support for family caregivers. Toll Free phone number: 855-CARE-640

National Alliance for Caregiving – a coalition of national organizations focused on family caregiving issues. The alliance conducts policy analysis and tracks legislation and initiatives that affect caregivers and care recipients.  Phone: 202-918-1013.  https://www.caregiving.org

National Institute on Aging – an arm of the National Institutes of Health, NIA offers extensive online information on common age-related health problems, including a section on caregiving for people with serious health issues..  800-222-2225. https://www.nia.nih.gov/

Well Spouse Association – provides support for spousal caregivers, including a national network of support groups and an online chat forum. 800-838-0879. https://wellspouse.org/

VA (Veterans Administration) National Caregiver Support Line (CSL) – serves as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans, and others seeking caregiver information. VA’s Caregiver Support Line has licensed caring professionals standing by.  The National Caregiver Support Line, at 1-855-260-3274, is open weekdays, Monday through Friday from 5am to 5pm PST.  https://www.caregiver.va.gov/help_landing.asp

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving – Education, Research, Advocacy and more. http://www.rosalynncarter.org/

Alzheimer’s Association – Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24-hour helpline every day and offers care navigator tools. 800-272-3900.  http://www.alz.org/

Alzheimers.gov – a federal government website focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, research and support, including resources for caregivers. 800-438-4380. https://www.alzheimers.gov

Memory Cafe Directory – lists more than 700 memory cafés offered in hospitals, libraries, senior centers and other facilities to help people with dementia and other cognitive issues, as well as their caregivers, combat social isolation and connect with others in similar situations. https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/

AARP care guides – FREE, in-depth information and advice on starting vital conversations with older family members, organizing important documents, assessing your loved one’s needs and finding key resources.

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families. Prepare to Care is also available in Spanish- and Chinese-language versions and editions tailored for Asian American and LGBT families.   https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2018/02/prepare-to-care-guide-english-aarp.pdf

Military Caregiving Guide: For Veterans, Service Members and Their Families – A road map to meeting the unique challenges of caring for a wounded, ill or aging veteran or service member. AARP has also produced a tool kit for employers to help them accommodate and assist military caregivers in balancing workplace and caregiving responsibilities.  https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2019/05/military-caregiving-guide-aarp.pdf

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Jan 21 @ 9:00 am

 

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Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

Jan
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CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 22 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 22 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

Oregon Foster Youth Connection-OFYC : Virtual Advocacy Convening – Friday, Saturday, Sunday @ Online Via Zoom
Jan 22 – Jan 24 all-day

 

Are you a current or former foster youth 14-25 years old?
Do you want to learn how to advocate for policy change in the Oregon Legislature?
Do you want to be at the table to improve foster care?

Come to our virtual Advocacy Convening!
Connect with 35-40 current and former foster youth from Oregon and learn about OFYC’s 2021 Legislative Concept: Eliminating Bias from Child Welfare Responses.

Where: At your computer or phone
When: Friday, January 22rd – Sunday, January 24th with meetings with legislators throughout the week of the 25th
Cost: Free!

Registration is now OPEN!

The OFYC virtual Advocacy Convening is a 3-day conference where you will have a chance to advocate for OFYC’s 2021 legislative concept: Eliminating Bias from Child Welfare Responses. It will help reduce the disproportionate numbers of Black and Indigenous youth in foster care in Oregon as well as provide more resources to families before youth are taken into foster care.

  • We’ll learn how bias causes different families to have different experiences with child welfare
  • We’ll learn how to share our stories and talk to legislators
  • We’ll actually meet with legislators (virtually) throughout the week in small groups to ask for their support

But the conference isn’t all about work! You’ll make friends and participate in (optional) fun evening activities!

Here is an idea of what your time at the conference will look like (Draft Agenda):

Day 1 – Friday, January 22nd:

  • (Optional) Afternoon Sessions as seen below
  • (Optional) Agenda Review and Check-in Activity

Day 2 – Saturday, January 23rd:

  • Morning Sessions as seen below
  • Afternoon Sessions as seen below
  • (Optional) Community Building fun

Day 3 – Sunday, January 24th:

  • Morning Sessions as seen below
  • Afternoon Session as seen below
  • (Optional) Community Building fun

Monday, January 25th – Friday, January 29th:

  • (Optional) Morning Meetings with Legislators
  • (Optional) Afternoon Meetings with Legislators

“Sessions” will be things like: OFYC 101, Thinking Critically About Bias, Framing Your Issue, Public Speaking, Prep for Meetings with Legislators

Let us know how we could support you to attend. We will do our best to support youth with accessible materials, problem solving technology or internet issues, etc. (Please email info@ofyc.org or scroll down to see contact information for Lisa and Sage)

Registration Materials will be available below:

  • Registration Participant/Youth (online form)
  • Photo/Media Release Form for Participants (online form)
  • Application Adult Supporter (online form)
  • Photo/Media Release Form for Adult Supporter (online form)
  • Background Check Adult Supporter (PDF)

Foster Parents & Caseworkers

This 3-day virtual gathering focuses on teamwork, critical thinking, public speaking, leadership development, building a sense of community, having fun and making history! Through daily workshops and activities, youth will work together and learn how to use their experiences to direct policy change. During the week after the conference youth will get the chance to share OFYC’s Legislative Concept directly with legislators.

Important Documents (will be loaded soon!):

  • This link goes to the 2021 Prep List, Be sure to use it! Prep List 2021!
  • This link will take you to a copy of OFYC’s Expectations of youth who attend our conferences: Conference Expectations

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sage, OFYC’s Intern (email info@ofyc.org or message her on Facebook) or Lisa, OFYC’s Program Director (leave a message 503-236-9754 extension 1, email Lisa@ourchildrenoregon.org, or message her on Facebook).

Telephone Family + Caregivers Support – AARP – American Association of Retired Persons – Weekdays 4am-8pm @ Phone
Jan 22 @ 4:00 am – 8:00 pm

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AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line

AARP has a dedicated, toll-free family caregiving line for people taking care of a loved one.  Agents can’t provide specific advice to callers, but they can suggest resources on a variety of caregiving topics.

Along with comprehensive coverage of issues affecting caregivers, AARP offers free care guides, legal checklists, information on care options and an online community that supports all types of family caregivers. You can also call our caregiver support line for one-on-one help.

Agents are Available on Weekdays, Monday-Friday from 4am-8pm PST / 7am-11pm EST

English: 1-877-333-5885

En Español / Spanish: 1-888-971-2013

NEW: CONNECTIONS WEBSITE

https://aarpcommunityconnections.org

NEW: MUTUAL AID GROUPS – Informal groups of volunteers that band together to find effective ways to support those people most in need who live in their local community. Mutual aid can include picking up groceries, providing financial assistance, or lending emotional support to your neighbors.  Visit https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/find-group/

Q: How can I find support groups for family caregivers?  EnglishEn Español / Spanish.

A: Here are some resources

Finding the Right Support Group – Read this First.  An excellent article about the types of support groups available.  https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/life-balance/info-2017/support-groups.html.

Benefits of support groups may include but not be limited to: a safe place for sharing, venting, validating, comparing, uniting, advocating, finding social connection, and building community.

Caregiving.com – Caring for you as you care for family.  Online calendar of virtual support events: https://www.caregiving.com/calendar/

Community Resource Locator – an online database from AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides easy access to a variety of local programs, resources and services.  https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/

Family Care Navigator – the Family Caregiver Alliance’s tool that helps locate state-by-state assistance for family caregivers.  800-445-8106.  https://www.caregiver.org/family-care-navigator

The Eldercare Locator – a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families such as respite care, insurance counseling, transportation and other services for older Americans and family members.  They can also be reached at 1-800-677-1116.  https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx

AARP Caregiving Community Forum – an online discussion and support forum on all topics related to caregiving.  https://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/Welcome-to-the-AARP-Caregiving-Community/m-p/1786782#M3126

Caregiver Action Network – Information, educational materials and support for family caregivers. Toll Free phone number: 855-CARE-640

National Alliance for Caregiving – a coalition of national organizations focused on family caregiving issues. The alliance conducts policy analysis and tracks legislation and initiatives that affect caregivers and care recipients.  Phone: 202-918-1013.  https://www.caregiving.org

National Institute on Aging – an arm of the National Institutes of Health, NIA offers extensive online information on common age-related health problems, including a section on caregiving for people with serious health issues..  800-222-2225. https://www.nia.nih.gov/

Well Spouse Association – provides support for spousal caregivers, including a national network of support groups and an online chat forum. 800-838-0879. https://wellspouse.org/

VA (Veterans Administration) National Caregiver Support Line (CSL) – serves as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans, and others seeking caregiver information. VA’s Caregiver Support Line has licensed caring professionals standing by.  The National Caregiver Support Line, at 1-855-260-3274, is open weekdays, Monday through Friday from 5am to 5pm PST.  https://www.caregiver.va.gov/help_landing.asp

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving – Education, Research, Advocacy and more. http://www.rosalynncarter.org/

Alzheimer’s Association – Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24-hour helpline every day and offers care navigator tools. 800-272-3900.  http://www.alz.org/

Alzheimers.gov – a federal government website focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, research and support, including resources for caregivers. 800-438-4380. https://www.alzheimers.gov

Memory Cafe Directory – lists more than 700 memory cafés offered in hospitals, libraries, senior centers and other facilities to help people with dementia and other cognitive issues, as well as their caregivers, combat social isolation and connect with others in similar situations. https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/

AARP care guides – FREE, in-depth information and advice on starting vital conversations with older family members, organizing important documents, assessing your loved one’s needs and finding key resources.

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families. Prepare to Care is also available in Spanish- and Chinese-language versions and editions tailored for Asian American and LGBT families.   https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2018/02/prepare-to-care-guide-english-aarp.pdf

Military Caregiving Guide: For Veterans, Service Members and Their Families – A road map to meeting the unique challenges of caring for a wounded, ill or aging veteran or service member. AARP has also produced a tool kit for employers to help them accommodate and assist military caregivers in balancing workplace and caregiving responsibilities.  https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2019/05/military-caregiving-guide-aarp.pdf

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Jan 22 @ 9:00 am

 

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Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

Reach Out Oregon-RPP: Reach Out Oregon Family Discussion – Online – Friday @ online via Zoom
Jan 22 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Reach Out Oregon Family Discussion

Online – December 18 – Friday 4 PM PST – 4:30 PM PST

Come join the Reach Out Oregon Staff in our weekly discussions where we talk about what barriers you are addressing.

Please register for this Zoom meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZAvd-GppzMoHte3vRjDMBbl-_G…

Contact Reach Out Oregon:
Phone: (833) 732-2467
Jan
23
Sat
CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 23 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

Gender Spectrum – Online Virtual Groups for Parents and Teens – Weekdays @ Online via Zoom
Jan 23 all-day

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Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  Gender Spectrum offers over 25 online groups for parents and teens.

In the Gender Spectrum Lounge you can find the list of groups to explore or sign up for.  There is a great variety of topics featured.

https://lounge.genderspectrum.org/groups/

Registration required.  See group description for contact information details.

Additional online groups, webinars, recordings, and events online including resources related to the pandemic at:

https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/blog-covid-resources

Additional resources specific for schools and professionals, too.

Website:

https://www.genderspectrum.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GenderSpectrum/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/genderspectrum

 

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 23 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Jan 23 @ 9:00 am

 

logo

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

Jan
24
Sun
CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 24 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

Gender Spectrum – Online Virtual Groups for Parents and Teens – Weekdays @ Online via Zoom
Jan 24 all-day

logo

Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  Gender Spectrum offers over 25 online groups for parents and teens.

In the Gender Spectrum Lounge you can find the list of groups to explore or sign up for.  There is a great variety of topics featured.

https://lounge.genderspectrum.org/groups/

Registration required.  See group description for contact information details.

Additional online groups, webinars, recordings, and events online including resources related to the pandemic at:

https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/blog-covid-resources

Additional resources specific for schools and professionals, too.

Website:

https://www.genderspectrum.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GenderSpectrum/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/genderspectrum

 

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 24 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Jan 24 @ 9:00 am

 

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Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

Jan
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CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 25 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

Gender Spectrum – Online Virtual Groups for Parents and Teens – Weekdays @ Online via Zoom
Jan 25 all-day

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Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  Gender Spectrum offers over 25 online groups for parents and teens.

In the Gender Spectrum Lounge you can find the list of groups to explore or sign up for.  There is a great variety of topics featured.

https://lounge.genderspectrum.org/groups/

Registration required.  See group description for contact information details.

Additional online groups, webinars, recordings, and events online including resources related to the pandemic at:

https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/blog-covid-resources

Additional resources specific for schools and professionals, too.

Website:

https://www.genderspectrum.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GenderSpectrum/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/genderspectrum

 

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 25 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

Telephone Family + Caregivers Support – AARP – American Association of Retired Persons – Weekdays 4am-8pm @ Phone
Jan 25 @ 4:00 am – 8:00 pm

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AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line

AARP has a dedicated, toll-free family caregiving line for people taking care of a loved one.  Agents can’t provide specific advice to callers, but they can suggest resources on a variety of caregiving topics.

Along with comprehensive coverage of issues affecting caregivers, AARP offers free care guides, legal checklists, information on care options and an online community that supports all types of family caregivers. You can also call our caregiver support line for one-on-one help.

Agents are Available on Weekdays, Monday-Friday from 4am-8pm PST / 7am-11pm EST

English: 1-877-333-5885

En Español / Spanish: 1-888-971-2013

NEW: CONNECTIONS WEBSITE

https://aarpcommunityconnections.org

NEW: MUTUAL AID GROUPS – Informal groups of volunteers that band together to find effective ways to support those people most in need who live in their local community. Mutual aid can include picking up groceries, providing financial assistance, or lending emotional support to your neighbors.  Visit https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/find-group/

Q: How can I find support groups for family caregivers?  EnglishEn Español / Spanish.

A: Here are some resources

Finding the Right Support Group – Read this First.  An excellent article about the types of support groups available.  https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/life-balance/info-2017/support-groups.html.

Benefits of support groups may include but not be limited to: a safe place for sharing, venting, validating, comparing, uniting, advocating, finding social connection, and building community.

Caregiving.com – Caring for you as you care for family.  Online calendar of virtual support events: https://www.caregiving.com/calendar/

Community Resource Locator – an online database from AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides easy access to a variety of local programs, resources and services.  https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/

Family Care Navigator – the Family Caregiver Alliance’s tool that helps locate state-by-state assistance for family caregivers.  800-445-8106.  https://www.caregiver.org/family-care-navigator

The Eldercare Locator – a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families such as respite care, insurance counseling, transportation and other services for older Americans and family members.  They can also be reached at 1-800-677-1116.  https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx

AARP Caregiving Community Forum – an online discussion and support forum on all topics related to caregiving.  https://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/Welcome-to-the-AARP-Caregiving-Community/m-p/1786782#M3126

Caregiver Action Network – Information, educational materials and support for family caregivers. Toll Free phone number: 855-CARE-640

National Alliance for Caregiving – a coalition of national organizations focused on family caregiving issues. The alliance conducts policy analysis and tracks legislation and initiatives that affect caregivers and care recipients.  Phone: 202-918-1013.  https://www.caregiving.org

National Institute on Aging – an arm of the National Institutes of Health, NIA offers extensive online information on common age-related health problems, including a section on caregiving for people with serious health issues..  800-222-2225. https://www.nia.nih.gov/

Well Spouse Association – provides support for spousal caregivers, including a national network of support groups and an online chat forum. 800-838-0879. https://wellspouse.org/

VA (Veterans Administration) National Caregiver Support Line (CSL) – serves as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans, and others seeking caregiver information. VA’s Caregiver Support Line has licensed caring professionals standing by.  The National Caregiver Support Line, at 1-855-260-3274, is open weekdays, Monday through Friday from 5am to 5pm PST.  https://www.caregiver.va.gov/help_landing.asp

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving – Education, Research, Advocacy and more. http://www.rosalynncarter.org/

Alzheimer’s Association – Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24-hour helpline every day and offers care navigator tools. 800-272-3900.  http://www.alz.org/

Alzheimers.gov – a federal government website focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, research and support, including resources for caregivers. 800-438-4380. https://www.alzheimers.gov

Memory Cafe Directory – lists more than 700 memory cafés offered in hospitals, libraries, senior centers and other facilities to help people with dementia and other cognitive issues, as well as their caregivers, combat social isolation and connect with others in similar situations. https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/

AARP care guides – FREE, in-depth information and advice on starting vital conversations with older family members, organizing important documents, assessing your loved one’s needs and finding key resources.

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families. Prepare to Care is also available in Spanish- and Chinese-language versions and editions tailored for Asian American and LGBT families.   https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2018/02/prepare-to-care-guide-english-aarp.pdf

Military Caregiving Guide: For Veterans, Service Members and Their Families – A road map to meeting the unique challenges of caring for a wounded, ill or aging veteran or service member. AARP has also produced a tool kit for employers to help them accommodate and assist military caregivers in balancing workplace and caregiving responsibilities.  https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2019/05/military-caregiving-guide-aarp.pdf

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am

 

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Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

Jan
26
Tue
CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 26 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

Gender Spectrum – Online Virtual Groups for Parents and Teens – Weekdays @ Online via Zoom
Jan 26 all-day

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Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  Gender Spectrum offers over 25 online groups for parents and teens.

In the Gender Spectrum Lounge you can find the list of groups to explore or sign up for.  There is a great variety of topics featured.

https://lounge.genderspectrum.org/groups/

Registration required.  See group description for contact information details.

Additional online groups, webinars, recordings, and events online including resources related to the pandemic at:

https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/blog-covid-resources

Additional resources specific for schools and professionals, too.

Website:

https://www.genderspectrum.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GenderSpectrum/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/genderspectrum

 

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 26 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

Telephone Family + Caregivers Support – AARP – American Association of Retired Persons – Weekdays 4am-8pm @ Phone
Jan 26 @ 4:00 am – 8:00 pm

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AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line

AARP has a dedicated, toll-free family caregiving line for people taking care of a loved one.  Agents can’t provide specific advice to callers, but they can suggest resources on a variety of caregiving topics.

Along with comprehensive coverage of issues affecting caregivers, AARP offers free care guides, legal checklists, information on care options and an online community that supports all types of family caregivers. You can also call our caregiver support line for one-on-one help.

Agents are Available on Weekdays, Monday-Friday from 4am-8pm PST / 7am-11pm EST

English: 1-877-333-5885

En Español / Spanish: 1-888-971-2013

NEW: CONNECTIONS WEBSITE

https://aarpcommunityconnections.org

NEW: MUTUAL AID GROUPS – Informal groups of volunteers that band together to find effective ways to support those people most in need who live in their local community. Mutual aid can include picking up groceries, providing financial assistance, or lending emotional support to your neighbors.  Visit https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/find-group/

Q: How can I find support groups for family caregivers?  EnglishEn Español / Spanish.

A: Here are some resources

Finding the Right Support Group – Read this First.  An excellent article about the types of support groups available.  https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/life-balance/info-2017/support-groups.html.

Benefits of support groups may include but not be limited to: a safe place for sharing, venting, validating, comparing, uniting, advocating, finding social connection, and building community.

Caregiving.com – Caring for you as you care for family.  Online calendar of virtual support events: https://www.caregiving.com/calendar/

Community Resource Locator – an online database from AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides easy access to a variety of local programs, resources and services.  https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/

Family Care Navigator – the Family Caregiver Alliance’s tool that helps locate state-by-state assistance for family caregivers.  800-445-8106.  https://www.caregiver.org/family-care-navigator

The Eldercare Locator – a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families such as respite care, insurance counseling, transportation and other services for older Americans and family members.  They can also be reached at 1-800-677-1116.  https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx

AARP Caregiving Community Forum – an online discussion and support forum on all topics related to caregiving.  https://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/Welcome-to-the-AARP-Caregiving-Community/m-p/1786782#M3126

Caregiver Action Network – Information, educational materials and support for family caregivers. Toll Free phone number: 855-CARE-640

National Alliance for Caregiving – a coalition of national organizations focused on family caregiving issues. The alliance conducts policy analysis and tracks legislation and initiatives that affect caregivers and care recipients.  Phone: 202-918-1013.  https://www.caregiving.org

National Institute on Aging – an arm of the National Institutes of Health, NIA offers extensive online information on common age-related health problems, including a section on caregiving for people with serious health issues..  800-222-2225. https://www.nia.nih.gov/

Well Spouse Association – provides support for spousal caregivers, including a national network of support groups and an online chat forum. 800-838-0879. https://wellspouse.org/

VA (Veterans Administration) National Caregiver Support Line (CSL) – serves as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans, and others seeking caregiver information. VA’s Caregiver Support Line has licensed caring professionals standing by.  The National Caregiver Support Line, at 1-855-260-3274, is open weekdays, Monday through Friday from 5am to 5pm PST.  https://www.caregiver.va.gov/help_landing.asp

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving – Education, Research, Advocacy and more. http://www.rosalynncarter.org/

Alzheimer’s Association – Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24-hour helpline every day and offers care navigator tools. 800-272-3900.  http://www.alz.org/

Alzheimers.gov – a federal government website focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, research and support, including resources for caregivers. 800-438-4380. https://www.alzheimers.gov

Memory Cafe Directory – lists more than 700 memory cafés offered in hospitals, libraries, senior centers and other facilities to help people with dementia and other cognitive issues, as well as their caregivers, combat social isolation and connect with others in similar situations. https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/

AARP care guides – FREE, in-depth information and advice on starting vital conversations with older family members, organizing important documents, assessing your loved one’s needs and finding key resources.

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families. Prepare to Care is also available in Spanish- and Chinese-language versions and editions tailored for Asian American and LGBT families.   https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2018/02/prepare-to-care-guide-english-aarp.pdf

Military Caregiving Guide: For Veterans, Service Members and Their Families – A road map to meeting the unique challenges of caring for a wounded, ill or aging veteran or service member. AARP has also produced a tool kit for employers to help them accommodate and assist military caregivers in balancing workplace and caregiving responsibilities.  https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2019/05/military-caregiving-guide-aarp.pdf

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am

 

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Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

Jan
27
Wed
CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 27 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

Gender Spectrum – Online Virtual Groups for Parents and Teens – Weekdays @ Online via Zoom
Jan 27 all-day

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Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  Gender Spectrum offers over 25 online groups for parents and teens.

In the Gender Spectrum Lounge you can find the list of groups to explore or sign up for.  There is a great variety of topics featured.

https://lounge.genderspectrum.org/groups/

Registration required.  See group description for contact information details.

Additional online groups, webinars, recordings, and events online including resources related to the pandemic at:

https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/blog-covid-resources

Additional resources specific for schools and professionals, too.

Website:

https://www.genderspectrum.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GenderSpectrum/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/genderspectrum

 

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 27 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

Telephone Family + Caregivers Support – AARP – American Association of Retired Persons – Weekdays 4am-8pm @ Phone
Jan 27 @ 4:00 am – 8:00 pm

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AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line

AARP has a dedicated, toll-free family caregiving line for people taking care of a loved one.  Agents can’t provide specific advice to callers, but they can suggest resources on a variety of caregiving topics.

Along with comprehensive coverage of issues affecting caregivers, AARP offers free care guides, legal checklists, information on care options and an online community that supports all types of family caregivers. You can also call our caregiver support line for one-on-one help.

Agents are Available on Weekdays, Monday-Friday from 4am-8pm PST / 7am-11pm EST

English: 1-877-333-5885

En Español / Spanish: 1-888-971-2013

NEW: CONNECTIONS WEBSITE

https://aarpcommunityconnections.org

NEW: MUTUAL AID GROUPS – Informal groups of volunteers that band together to find effective ways to support those people most in need who live in their local community. Mutual aid can include picking up groceries, providing financial assistance, or lending emotional support to your neighbors.  Visit https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/find-group/

Q: How can I find support groups for family caregivers?  EnglishEn Español / Spanish.

A: Here are some resources

Finding the Right Support Group – Read this First.  An excellent article about the types of support groups available.  https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/life-balance/info-2017/support-groups.html.

Benefits of support groups may include but not be limited to: a safe place for sharing, venting, validating, comparing, uniting, advocating, finding social connection, and building community.

Caregiving.com – Caring for you as you care for family.  Online calendar of virtual support events: https://www.caregiving.com/calendar/

Community Resource Locator – an online database from AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides easy access to a variety of local programs, resources and services.  https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/

Family Care Navigator – the Family Caregiver Alliance’s tool that helps locate state-by-state assistance for family caregivers.  800-445-8106.  https://www.caregiver.org/family-care-navigator

The Eldercare Locator – a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families such as respite care, insurance counseling, transportation and other services for older Americans and family members.  They can also be reached at 1-800-677-1116.  https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx

AARP Caregiving Community Forum – an online discussion and support forum on all topics related to caregiving.  https://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/Welcome-to-the-AARP-Caregiving-Community/m-p/1786782#M3126

Caregiver Action Network – Information, educational materials and support for family caregivers. Toll Free phone number: 855-CARE-640

National Alliance for Caregiving – a coalition of national organizations focused on family caregiving issues. The alliance conducts policy analysis and tracks legislation and initiatives that affect caregivers and care recipients.  Phone: 202-918-1013.  https://www.caregiving.org

National Institute on Aging – an arm of the National Institutes of Health, NIA offers extensive online information on common age-related health problems, including a section on caregiving for people with serious health issues..  800-222-2225. https://www.nia.nih.gov/

Well Spouse Association – provides support for spousal caregivers, including a national network of support groups and an online chat forum. 800-838-0879. https://wellspouse.org/

VA (Veterans Administration) National Caregiver Support Line (CSL) – serves as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans, and others seeking caregiver information. VA’s Caregiver Support Line has licensed caring professionals standing by.  The National Caregiver Support Line, at 1-855-260-3274, is open weekdays, Monday through Friday from 5am to 5pm PST.  https://www.caregiver.va.gov/help_landing.asp

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving – Education, Research, Advocacy and more. http://www.rosalynncarter.org/

Alzheimer’s Association – Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24-hour helpline every day and offers care navigator tools. 800-272-3900.  http://www.alz.org/

Alzheimers.gov – a federal government website focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, research and support, including resources for caregivers. 800-438-4380. https://www.alzheimers.gov

Memory Cafe Directory – lists more than 700 memory cafés offered in hospitals, libraries, senior centers and other facilities to help people with dementia and other cognitive issues, as well as their caregivers, combat social isolation and connect with others in similar situations. https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/

AARP care guides – FREE, in-depth information and advice on starting vital conversations with older family members, organizing important documents, assessing your loved one’s needs and finding key resources.

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families. Prepare to Care is also available in Spanish- and Chinese-language versions and editions tailored for Asian American and LGBT families.   https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2018/02/prepare-to-care-guide-english-aarp.pdf

Military Caregiving Guide: For Veterans, Service Members and Their Families – A road map to meeting the unique challenges of caring for a wounded, ill or aging veteran or service member. AARP has also produced a tool kit for employers to help them accommodate and assist military caregivers in balancing workplace and caregiving responsibilities.  https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2019/05/military-caregiving-guide-aarp.pdf

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am

 

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Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

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CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 28 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

Gender Spectrum – Online Virtual Groups for Parents and Teens – Weekdays @ Online via Zoom
Jan 28 all-day

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Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  Gender Spectrum offers over 25 online groups for parents and teens.

In the Gender Spectrum Lounge you can find the list of groups to explore or sign up for.  There is a great variety of topics featured.

https://lounge.genderspectrum.org/groups/

Registration required.  See group description for contact information details.

Additional online groups, webinars, recordings, and events online including resources related to the pandemic at:

https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/blog-covid-resources

Additional resources specific for schools and professionals, too.

Website:

https://www.genderspectrum.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GenderSpectrum/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/genderspectrum

 

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 28 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

Telephone Family + Caregivers Support – AARP – American Association of Retired Persons – Weekdays 4am-8pm @ Phone
Jan 28 @ 4:00 am – 8:00 pm

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AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line

AARP has a dedicated, toll-free family caregiving line for people taking care of a loved one.  Agents can’t provide specific advice to callers, but they can suggest resources on a variety of caregiving topics.

Along with comprehensive coverage of issues affecting caregivers, AARP offers free care guides, legal checklists, information on care options and an online community that supports all types of family caregivers. You can also call our caregiver support line for one-on-one help.

Agents are Available on Weekdays, Monday-Friday from 4am-8pm PST / 7am-11pm EST

English: 1-877-333-5885

En Español / Spanish: 1-888-971-2013

NEW: CONNECTIONS WEBSITE

https://aarpcommunityconnections.org

NEW: MUTUAL AID GROUPS – Informal groups of volunteers that band together to find effective ways to support those people most in need who live in their local community. Mutual aid can include picking up groceries, providing financial assistance, or lending emotional support to your neighbors.  Visit https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/find-group/

Q: How can I find support groups for family caregivers?  EnglishEn Español / Spanish.

A: Here are some resources

Finding the Right Support Group – Read this First.  An excellent article about the types of support groups available.  https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/life-balance/info-2017/support-groups.html.

Benefits of support groups may include but not be limited to: a safe place for sharing, venting, validating, comparing, uniting, advocating, finding social connection, and building community.

Caregiving.com – Caring for you as you care for family.  Online calendar of virtual support events: https://www.caregiving.com/calendar/

Community Resource Locator – an online database from AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides easy access to a variety of local programs, resources and services.  https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/

Family Care Navigator – the Family Caregiver Alliance’s tool that helps locate state-by-state assistance for family caregivers.  800-445-8106.  https://www.caregiver.org/family-care-navigator

The Eldercare Locator – a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families such as respite care, insurance counseling, transportation and other services for older Americans and family members.  They can also be reached at 1-800-677-1116.  https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx

AARP Caregiving Community Forum – an online discussion and support forum on all topics related to caregiving.  https://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/Welcome-to-the-AARP-Caregiving-Community/m-p/1786782#M3126

Caregiver Action Network – Information, educational materials and support for family caregivers. Toll Free phone number: 855-CARE-640

National Alliance for Caregiving – a coalition of national organizations focused on family caregiving issues. The alliance conducts policy analysis and tracks legislation and initiatives that affect caregivers and care recipients.  Phone: 202-918-1013.  https://www.caregiving.org

National Institute on Aging – an arm of the National Institutes of Health, NIA offers extensive online information on common age-related health problems, including a section on caregiving for people with serious health issues..  800-222-2225. https://www.nia.nih.gov/

Well Spouse Association – provides support for spousal caregivers, including a national network of support groups and an online chat forum. 800-838-0879. https://wellspouse.org/

VA (Veterans Administration) National Caregiver Support Line (CSL) – serves as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans, and others seeking caregiver information. VA’s Caregiver Support Line has licensed caring professionals standing by.  The National Caregiver Support Line, at 1-855-260-3274, is open weekdays, Monday through Friday from 5am to 5pm PST.  https://www.caregiver.va.gov/help_landing.asp

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving – Education, Research, Advocacy and more. http://www.rosalynncarter.org/

Alzheimer’s Association – Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24-hour helpline every day and offers care navigator tools. 800-272-3900.  http://www.alz.org/

Alzheimers.gov – a federal government website focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, research and support, including resources for caregivers. 800-438-4380. https://www.alzheimers.gov

Memory Cafe Directory – lists more than 700 memory cafés offered in hospitals, libraries, senior centers and other facilities to help people with dementia and other cognitive issues, as well as their caregivers, combat social isolation and connect with others in similar situations. https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/

AARP care guides – FREE, in-depth information and advice on starting vital conversations with older family members, organizing important documents, assessing your loved one’s needs and finding key resources.

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families. Prepare to Care is also available in Spanish- and Chinese-language versions and editions tailored for Asian American and LGBT families.   https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2018/02/prepare-to-care-guide-english-aarp.pdf

Military Caregiving Guide: For Veterans, Service Members and Their Families – A road map to meeting the unique challenges of caring for a wounded, ill or aging veteran or service member. AARP has also produced a tool kit for employers to help them accommodate and assist military caregivers in balancing workplace and caregiving responsibilities.  https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2019/05/military-caregiving-guide-aarp.pdf

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am

 

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Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

Jan
29
Fri
CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 29 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 29 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

Telephone Family + Caregivers Support – AARP – American Association of Retired Persons – Weekdays 4am-8pm @ Phone
Jan 29 @ 4:00 am – 8:00 pm

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AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line

AARP has a dedicated, toll-free family caregiving line for people taking care of a loved one.  Agents can’t provide specific advice to callers, but they can suggest resources on a variety of caregiving topics.

Along with comprehensive coverage of issues affecting caregivers, AARP offers free care guides, legal checklists, information on care options and an online community that supports all types of family caregivers. You can also call our caregiver support line for one-on-one help.

Agents are Available on Weekdays, Monday-Friday from 4am-8pm PST / 7am-11pm EST

English: 1-877-333-5885

En Español / Spanish: 1-888-971-2013

NEW: CONNECTIONS WEBSITE

https://aarpcommunityconnections.org

NEW: MUTUAL AID GROUPS – Informal groups of volunteers that band together to find effective ways to support those people most in need who live in their local community. Mutual aid can include picking up groceries, providing financial assistance, or lending emotional support to your neighbors.  Visit https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/find-group/

Q: How can I find support groups for family caregivers?  EnglishEn Español / Spanish.

A: Here are some resources

Finding the Right Support Group – Read this First.  An excellent article about the types of support groups available.  https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/life-balance/info-2017/support-groups.html.

Benefits of support groups may include but not be limited to: a safe place for sharing, venting, validating, comparing, uniting, advocating, finding social connection, and building community.

Caregiving.com – Caring for you as you care for family.  Online calendar of virtual support events: https://www.caregiving.com/calendar/

Community Resource Locator – an online database from AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides easy access to a variety of local programs, resources and services.  https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/

Family Care Navigator – the Family Caregiver Alliance’s tool that helps locate state-by-state assistance for family caregivers.  800-445-8106.  https://www.caregiver.org/family-care-navigator

The Eldercare Locator – a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families such as respite care, insurance counseling, transportation and other services for older Americans and family members.  They can also be reached at 1-800-677-1116.  https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx

AARP Caregiving Community Forum – an online discussion and support forum on all topics related to caregiving.  https://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/Welcome-to-the-AARP-Caregiving-Community/m-p/1786782#M3126

Caregiver Action Network – Information, educational materials and support for family caregivers. Toll Free phone number: 855-CARE-640

National Alliance for Caregiving – a coalition of national organizations focused on family caregiving issues. The alliance conducts policy analysis and tracks legislation and initiatives that affect caregivers and care recipients.  Phone: 202-918-1013.  https://www.caregiving.org

National Institute on Aging – an arm of the National Institutes of Health, NIA offers extensive online information on common age-related health problems, including a section on caregiving for people with serious health issues..  800-222-2225. https://www.nia.nih.gov/

Well Spouse Association – provides support for spousal caregivers, including a national network of support groups and an online chat forum. 800-838-0879. https://wellspouse.org/

VA (Veterans Administration) National Caregiver Support Line (CSL) – serves as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans, and others seeking caregiver information. VA’s Caregiver Support Line has licensed caring professionals standing by.  The National Caregiver Support Line, at 1-855-260-3274, is open weekdays, Monday through Friday from 5am to 5pm PST.  https://www.caregiver.va.gov/help_landing.asp

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving – Education, Research, Advocacy and more. http://www.rosalynncarter.org/

Alzheimer’s Association – Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24-hour helpline every day and offers care navigator tools. 800-272-3900.  http://www.alz.org/

Alzheimers.gov – a federal government website focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, research and support, including resources for caregivers. 800-438-4380. https://www.alzheimers.gov

Memory Cafe Directory – lists more than 700 memory cafés offered in hospitals, libraries, senior centers and other facilities to help people with dementia and other cognitive issues, as well as their caregivers, combat social isolation and connect with others in similar situations. https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/

AARP care guides – FREE, in-depth information and advice on starting vital conversations with older family members, organizing important documents, assessing your loved one’s needs and finding key resources.

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families. Prepare to Care is also available in Spanish- and Chinese-language versions and editions tailored for Asian American and LGBT families.   https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2018/02/prepare-to-care-guide-english-aarp.pdf

Military Caregiving Guide: For Veterans, Service Members and Their Families – A road map to meeting the unique challenges of caring for a wounded, ill or aging veteran or service member. AARP has also produced a tool kit for employers to help them accommodate and assist military caregivers in balancing workplace and caregiving responsibilities.  https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2019/05/military-caregiving-guide-aarp.pdf

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am

 

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Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

Reach Out Oregon-RPP: Reach Out Oregon Family Discussion – Online – Friday @ online via Zoom
Jan 29 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Reach Out Oregon Family Discussion

Online – December 18 – Friday 4 PM PST – 4:30 PM PST

Come join the Reach Out Oregon Staff in our weekly discussions where we talk about what barriers you are addressing.

Please register for this Zoom meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZAvd-GppzMoHte3vRjDMBbl-_G…

Contact Reach Out Oregon:
Phone: (833) 732-2467
Jan
30
Sat
CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 30 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

Gender Spectrum – Online Virtual Groups for Parents and Teens – Weekdays @ Online via Zoom
Jan 30 all-day

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Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  Gender Spectrum offers over 25 online groups for parents and teens.

In the Gender Spectrum Lounge you can find the list of groups to explore or sign up for.  There is a great variety of topics featured.

https://lounge.genderspectrum.org/groups/

Registration required.  See group description for contact information details.

Additional online groups, webinars, recordings, and events online including resources related to the pandemic at:

https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/blog-covid-resources

Additional resources specific for schools and professionals, too.

Website:

https://www.genderspectrum.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GenderSpectrum/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/genderspectrum

 

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 30 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Jan 30 @ 9:00 am

 

logo

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

Jan
31
Sun
CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Jan 31 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

Gender Spectrum – Online Virtual Groups for Parents and Teens – Weekdays @ Online via Zoom
Jan 31 all-day

logo

Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  Gender Spectrum offers over 25 online groups for parents and teens.

In the Gender Spectrum Lounge you can find the list of groups to explore or sign up for.  There is a great variety of topics featured.

https://lounge.genderspectrum.org/groups/

Registration required.  See group description for contact information details.

Additional online groups, webinars, recordings, and events online including resources related to the pandemic at:

https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/blog-covid-resources

Additional resources specific for schools and professionals, too.

Website:

https://www.genderspectrum.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GenderSpectrum/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/genderspectrum

 

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Jan 31 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am

 

logo

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

Feb
1
Mon
CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Feb 1 all-day

 

 

 

 

CancerLine offers online and telephone peer support for persons experiencing or impacted by cancer.

Online Support Groups Links:

https://cancerlifeline.org/about-our-support-groups/

Phone:

206.297.2500 or toll-free 1.800.255.5505

Chat:

Weekdays 6am-2pm PST / 9am-5pm EST

https://cancerlifeline.org/lifeline-chat/

Online Support Groups

Our cancer support groups are designed to meet four key needs:

* Members have a place where emotions can be expressed and not judged
* Members gain a sense of community & inclusion with others in a similar situation
* Members find ways in which choice & control can be attained while living with cancer
* Members are provided with opportunities for education and information

While we are online, please note that our Support Group Norms require participation by both video and audio unless you have been granted an exception by Cancer Lifeline. To inquire about an exception, please call (206) 832-1271.

Current Support Groups

Gender Spectrum – Online Virtual Groups for Parents and Teens – Weekdays @ Online via Zoom
Feb 1 all-day

logo

Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.  Gender Spectrum offers over 25 online groups for parents and teens.

In the Gender Spectrum Lounge you can find the list of groups to explore or sign up for.  There is a great variety of topics featured.

https://lounge.genderspectrum.org/groups/

Registration required.  See group description for contact information details.

Additional online groups, webinars, recordings, and events online including resources related to the pandemic at:

https://www.genderspectrum.org/articles/blog-covid-resources

Additional resources specific for schools and professionals, too.

Website:

https://www.genderspectrum.org

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GenderSpectrum/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/genderspectrum

 

NAMI – National Alliance – Virtual Online Groups – Weekdays and Weekends @ Online via Zoom
Feb 1 all-day

NAMI Oregon Online Support Groups

NAMI Oregon is conducting many of its peer-led adult support groups around the state online using the video conferencing platform Zoom. These groups are accessible from both mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and from desktop and laptop computers. Joining with audio only is also possible from any phone. To register for a group meeting, download either the Zoom app (on mobile devices) or desktop client (on computers) and either click the registration link of the meeting you are interested in below or contact the local NAMI affiliate offering the group for instructions. Once you register you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn more about NAMI’s two support group programs by clicking on these links:

STATEWIDE ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who live with mental illness

NAMI Family Support Groups
Open to adults 18 and older statewide who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness

NAMI Parent Support Groups
Open to parents and other caregivers of children & adolescents with mental health and behavior issues statewide

LOCAL ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are available to residents of specific local areas.

Washington County NAMI Connection Support Groups
Open to Washington County residents 18 and older who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Email erica@washconami.org

  • Sundays 1:30-3 pm
  • Grief & Loss – Mondays 1-2 pm
  • Schizophrenia+ – Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety After Hours – Mondays 6-7 pm
  • Solutions – Tuesdays 11 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hearing Voices – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Anxiety – Wednesdays 10:30 am -12 pm
  • Women’s Group – Wednesdays 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Health & Well-Being – Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Men’s Group – Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • LGBTQ+ – Thursdays 5-6:30 pm
  • Grief & Loss After Hours – Thursdays 7-8 pm
  • Depression-Bipolar – Saturdays 12:45-2:15 pm

Multnomah County NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas,  Washington, and Clark Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Multnomah at 503-228-5692

  • Family Support Group – Mondays 6-7:30 pm
  • Veteran Peer Support Group, 2nd Wednesday of every month 6 -7:30 pm
  • Spouses and Partners Support Group – Last Wednesday of every month 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Southern Oregon NAMI Support Groups
Open to residents of Jackson and Josephine Counties
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • Family Support Group – Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:30 pm
  • Connection Support Group – Thursdays 5:30-7 pm

Marion-Polk Counties NAMI Connection Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Marion and Polk Counties who live with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  •  Mondays 5:30-7 pm

Mid-Valley NAMI Family Support Group
Open to adults 18 and older in Linn and Benton Counties who have a family member or loved one who lives with mental illness
TO REGISTER: Call NAMI Oregon at 503-230-8009

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month 7-8:30 pm

More online support groups are available through NAMI Southwest Washington. Access those groups here:
https://namiswwa.org/zoom/

2020 NAMIWalks Northwest (Virtual Event)

  • On Saturday, May 30, 11:00am PST

Our mission continues!

NAMIWalks Northwest is going virtual in May! We may not be able to gather in person during Mental Health Awareness Month as planned, but we will gather in spirit and solidarity. And not just in the Northwest, but collectively across the nation.

On Saturday, May 30, we are joining several other Walk sites from coast-to-coast to make a unified statement that mental health matters more than ever, leveraging technology and collective action to connect to a greater cause.

We call this year’s effort NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. It’s like our regular NAMIWalks, only with a greater reach: the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE: Click on this link!  NAMIWalks Northwest

 

Telephone Family + Caregivers Support – AARP – American Association of Retired Persons – Weekdays 4am-8pm @ Phone
Feb 1 @ 4:00 am – 8:00 pm

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AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line

AARP has a dedicated, toll-free family caregiving line for people taking care of a loved one.  Agents can’t provide specific advice to callers, but they can suggest resources on a variety of caregiving topics.

Along with comprehensive coverage of issues affecting caregivers, AARP offers free care guides, legal checklists, information on care options and an online community that supports all types of family caregivers. You can also call our caregiver support line for one-on-one help.

Agents are Available on Weekdays, Monday-Friday from 4am-8pm PST / 7am-11pm EST

English: 1-877-333-5885

En Español / Spanish: 1-888-971-2013

NEW: CONNECTIONS WEBSITE

https://aarpcommunityconnections.org

NEW: MUTUAL AID GROUPS – Informal groups of volunteers that band together to find effective ways to support those people most in need who live in their local community. Mutual aid can include picking up groceries, providing financial assistance, or lending emotional support to your neighbors.  Visit https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/find-group/

Q: How can I find support groups for family caregivers?  EnglishEn Español / Spanish.

A: Here are some resources

Finding the Right Support Group – Read this First.  An excellent article about the types of support groups available.  https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/life-balance/info-2017/support-groups.html.

Benefits of support groups may include but not be limited to: a safe place for sharing, venting, validating, comparing, uniting, advocating, finding social connection, and building community.

Caregiving.com – Caring for you as you care for family.  Online calendar of virtual support events: https://www.caregiving.com/calendar/

Community Resource Locator – an online database from AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides easy access to a variety of local programs, resources and services.  https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/

Family Care Navigator – the Family Caregiver Alliance’s tool that helps locate state-by-state assistance for family caregivers.  800-445-8106.  https://www.caregiver.org/family-care-navigator

The Eldercare Locator – a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families such as respite care, insurance counseling, transportation and other services for older Americans and family members.  They can also be reached at 1-800-677-1116.  https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx

AARP Caregiving Community Forum – an online discussion and support forum on all topics related to caregiving.  https://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/Welcome-to-the-AARP-Caregiving-Community/m-p/1786782#M3126

Caregiver Action Network – Information, educational materials and support for family caregivers. Toll Free phone number: 855-CARE-640

National Alliance for Caregiving – a coalition of national organizations focused on family caregiving issues. The alliance conducts policy analysis and tracks legislation and initiatives that affect caregivers and care recipients.  Phone: 202-918-1013.  https://www.caregiving.org

National Institute on Aging – an arm of the National Institutes of Health, NIA offers extensive online information on common age-related health problems, including a section on caregiving for people with serious health issues..  800-222-2225. https://www.nia.nih.gov/

Well Spouse Association – provides support for spousal caregivers, including a national network of support groups and an online chat forum. 800-838-0879. https://wellspouse.org/

VA (Veterans Administration) National Caregiver Support Line (CSL) – serves as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans, and others seeking caregiver information. VA’s Caregiver Support Line has licensed caring professionals standing by.  The National Caregiver Support Line, at 1-855-260-3274, is open weekdays, Monday through Friday from 5am to 5pm PST.  https://www.caregiver.va.gov/help_landing.asp

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving – Education, Research, Advocacy and more. http://www.rosalynncarter.org/

Alzheimer’s Association – Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24-hour helpline every day and offers care navigator tools. 800-272-3900.  http://www.alz.org/

Alzheimers.gov – a federal government website focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, research and support, including resources for caregivers. 800-438-4380. https://www.alzheimers.gov

Memory Cafe Directory – lists more than 700 memory cafés offered in hospitals, libraries, senior centers and other facilities to help people with dementia and other cognitive issues, as well as their caregivers, combat social isolation and connect with others in similar situations. https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/

AARP care guides – FREE, in-depth information and advice on starting vital conversations with older family members, organizing important documents, assessing your loved one’s needs and finding key resources.

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families. Prepare to Care is also available in Spanish- and Chinese-language versions and editions tailored for Asian American and LGBT families.   https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2018/02/prepare-to-care-guide-english-aarp.pdf

Military Caregiving Guide: For Veterans, Service Members and Their Families – A road map to meeting the unique challenges of caring for a wounded, ill or aging veteran or service member. AARP has also produced a tool kit for employers to help them accommodate and assist military caregivers in balancing workplace and caregiving responsibilities.  https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/caregiving/2019/05/military-caregiving-guide-aarp.pdf

BIAO – Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon – Virtual Online Support Groups and Resources @ Online
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am

 

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Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

Survivor Peer Support Warmline

CALL 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11)

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

Website:

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Brain Injury Support Groups in the Pacific Northwest (incl. online and family):

https://www.biaoregon.org/services/support-groups/

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish

https://www.biaoregon.org/resource-library/recursos-en-espanol/

Contact Information:

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

PO Box 549, Molalla OR 97038

biaor@biaoregon.org

Have YOU HAD a brain injury?

Call: 1-800-544-5243  /  503-961-5675

Website Excerpt(s):

Our Neuro-Resource Facilitation expert can help you and your family find answers to your questions. We offer support in coping with the issues of living with a brain injury and transition back to work as well as the community. This is a FREE service dedicated to helping people choose, get and keep needed services and supports.

  • Providing brain injury specific information and resources;
  • Enhancing natural supports and connecting you to services, and community resources;
  • Providing training to providers for increased capacity of Oregon’s system  of services provided;
  • Accessing, securing and maximizing funding, both private and public.
  • Customized Packet (primary resources distributed) by the Neuro-Resource Facilitators, contains important brain injury information as well as various services/supports for individuals and families experiencing brain injury that is unique to each caller.
  • Another resource commonly distributed by our staff is a selection of DVDs.

There is a large library of resources, DVDs, videos, and more available.  English and Espanol / Spanish.  Plus, specific support for veterans.

Oregon TBI / Brain Injury Support Groups (check for availability ahead of time, and find more online from links above)

Bend

Central Oregon Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting Place:

Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level

St. Charles Medical Center

2500 NE Neff Rd.

Bend, OR 97701

Contacts:

Joyce and Dave Accornero at (541) 382-9451 or Accornero@bendbroadband.com

 

Brookings

Brain Injury Group (BIG)

To be announced.

Contact:

(877) 469-8844 or (541) 469-8887

 

Cottage Grove 

BIG II (Brain Injury Group II)

This group meets every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

The Jefferson Park Recreation Room

325 S. Fifth Street

Cottage Grove, OR

Contact:

Anna at (541) 767-0845

Corvallis

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Church of the Good Samaritan Lounge

333 NW 35th Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

Contact:

Amy Nistico at (541) 768-5157 at aeasterl@samhealth.org

 

Eugene

Community Rehabilitation Service of Oregon

This group meets on the third Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Central Presbyterian Church

555 E 15th Ave. (15th & Patterson)

Eugene, OR.  97401

Contact:

Jan Johnson at (541) 342-1980 or comrehabjan@aol.com

 

BIG (Brain Injury Group)

This group meets on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for information.

Meeting Place:

Hilyard Community Center

2580 Hilyard Avenue

Eugene, OR 97401

Contact:

Curtis Brown at (541) 998-3951 or BCCBrown@aol.com

 

Hillsboro

Homeward Bound Support Group

This group meets on the first Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Tuality Community Hospital

335 SE 8th Street

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Contact:

Carol Altman (503) 640-0818

 

Klamath Falls 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

SPOKES

415 Main St.

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Contact:

Dawn Lytle at (541) 883-7547 or dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lebanon 

Brain Injury Support Group of Lebanon

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

Lebanon Community Hospital,

Conference Room #6

525 North Santiam Highway

Lebanon, OR 97355

Contact:

Lisa Stoffey at (541) 752-0816 or lstoffey@aol.com

 

Medford

Turning Point

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.

Meeting Place:

11 West Jackson Street

Medford, OR 97501

Contact:

Pam Ogden at (541) 776-3427 or Pamela.Ogden@sogoodwill.org

 

Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support and Social Club

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Providence Medical Center

Birthplace Conf. Rm (Main Entrance, turn left)

1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford, OR 97504

Contact:

Lorita Cushman at (541) 772-6528 or LORITAMICKCUSH@aol.com

 

Molalla

Brain Injury Support Group of Molalla

This group meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Son’light Vital Foods, Inc.

123 Robbins St.

Molalla, OR 97038

Contact:

Raeleah Brensen at (503) 829-9456 or Skeeter@molalla.net

 

Newport

Brain Injury Support Group of Newport

This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meeting Place:

4909 S Coast Hwy Suite 340

South Beach, Oregon 97366

Website: www.progressive-options.org

Contact:

(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com

 

Oregon City

Clackamas Community College Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the third Friday of the month (during school year) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall

Rm. M226 (2nd floor)

Oregon City, OR

Contact:

Sonja Bolon, MA, at (503) 816-1053 or Brain4you2@gmail.com

 

Pendleton

Inactive at this time.

For more information contact:

Joyce McFarland-Orr at (541) 278-1194 or jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net

 

Portland 

BIRC Alumni Support Group

This group meets the last Tuesday of every odd month.

Address:

1815 SW Marlow, Ste. 110

Portland, 97225

Contact:

Doug Peterson at (503) 292-0765 or doug@progrehab.com

 

Brainstormers I Women’s Self-help Group

This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Wilcox Building

Room A (Next to Good Samaritan Hospital)

2211 NW Marshall St.

Portland 97210

Contact:

Jane Starbird, PhD, at (503) 493-1221 or drstarbird@aol.com

 

Brainstormers II Survivor Self-help Group

This group meets the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Steve Wright at (503) 413-7707 or biaor@biaoregon.org

 

Crossroads (Brain Injury Discussion Group)

This group meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Place:

Independent Living Resources

2410 SE 11th

Portland, OR  97214

Contact:

Christopher Eason at 503-232-7411 or christopher@ilr.org

 

Family Support Group

This group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The group is currently combined with Parents of Children with Brain Injury.

Meeting Place:

Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035

2801 N Gantenbein

Northeast Portland, OR 97227

Contact:

Joyce Kerley at (503) 413-7707 or joycek1145@aol.com

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CL – Cancer Lifeline – Line, Chat, and Virtual Groups @ Online
Feb 2 all-day